The First Gulf War: Timeline of Events
During operation Desert Shield (later Desert Storm), the United States led 34 countries in a fight to stop Iraq's annexation of Kuwait. Here, William Welsh presents a First Gulf War timeline of events that outlines the entire conflict, from the Iraqi invasion on August 2, 1990 to the negotiated cease-fire on February 28, 1991.
By William E. Welsh
On August 2, 1990, the Iraqi army invaded Kuwait with the aim of annexing the country. Within a week, U.S. forces began arriving in Saudi Arabia. Having received the support of the United Nations, the United States formed a coalition of 34 nations to liberate Kuwait. Operation Desert Storm began on January 16, 1991, and achieved its goal in less than two months.
I. Invasion & Troop Deployment
July 15, 1990 – Having drained his country’s finances in a protracted e